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Senior Data Scientist - Product Analytics



Product, Data Science
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

Your impact

Handshake is actively seeking an Senior Data Scientist - Product Analytics specializing in Product, Growth, and/or Revenue analytics to support our Research and Development team, spearheading the measurement and analysis of product success. This pivotal role will play a crucial part in shaping Handshake’s overarching strategy and product roadmap. This position requires a strong blend of technical expertise, strategic thinking, and communication skills to guide our products' evolution and deliver maximum value to our three-sided marketplace, consisting of students, employers, and universities. This role reports to the Analytics Manager, embedded within the broader Data team, and you will work alongside a talented team of data scientists and analytics engineers.

Your role

  • Work side-by-side and partner strategically with a Research and Development Leadership, becoming a subject-matter expert in a given domain

  • Contribute to a data-driven product strategy and own the corresponding analytics prioritization and roadmapping to execute on and measure the effectiveness of this strategy

  • Own domain goal-setting, tracking, and reporting on progress and impact

  • Lead experimentation within a given vertical, working to ensure that tracking is instrumented proactively and scaling our ability to efficiently and reliably run experiments

  • Collaborate with Analytics Engineering and Relevance teams to define metrics and build out foundational data models

  • Contribute to the vision and strategy for product analytics and the wider data organization at Handshake

  • Lead by example to build a culture of accountability and rigor to substantiate proven business impact

  • Advocate for the millions of students and employer users on Handshake by communicating data insights and recommendations to marketing, product and leadership teams

Your experience

  • Proven experience in using data to drive product development and decision-making and direct experience working with engineers and wider product teams

  • Strong communication and presentation skills, including the ability to translate data-related concepts and results for leadership and less technical stakeholders

  • Experience conducting exploratory analysis projects related to cohorting, time series analysis, and funnel analysis/optimization. Beyond just reporting metrics, we value the ability to dig in an explain the “why” behind trends

  • A clear understanding and demonstrable experience in experimentation design and process development, including comfort with A/B testing

  • Expertise in SQL is essential. Expertise with Jupyter-style notebooks and Python statistics packages is a huge plus.

  • Experience creating dashboards and visualizations in tools such as Hex, Looker, Mode, etc.

  • Ability to start, own, and drive projects to completion with minimal guidance

Bonus areas of expertise

  • Data modeling (we use dbt!)

  • Some familiarity with LookML

Our Analytics Stack

  • Fivetran, Segment, Bigquery, dbt, Airflow, Looker, Hex

Compensation range

  • $180,000-$200,000

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About us

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 750,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. In 2022 we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, London, and Berlin and teammates working globally.

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What we offer

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

Benefits below apply to employees in full-time positions.

  • 💰 Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼 16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝 Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻 Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚 Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500/€1,850 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.
  • 💰 Financial coaching through Origin to help you through your financial journey.
  • 🛜 Monthly internet stipend and a brand new MacBook to allow you to do your best work.
  • 🚃 Monthly commuter stipend for you to expense your travel to the office (for office-based employees).
  • 🥗 Free lunch provided twice a week across all offices.
  • 🤝 Referral bonus to reward you when you bring great talent to Handshake.

(US-specific benefits, in addition to the first section)

  • 🏦 401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off.
  • 🍼 Lactation support: Handshake partners with Milk Stork to provide a comprehensive 100% employer-sponsored lactation support to traveling parents and guardians.

(UK-specific benefits, in addition to the first section)

  • 🏦 Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝 Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.
  • 🤝 Regular offsites each year to bring the team together + opportunity to travel to our HQ in San Francisco.
  • 🛍️ Discounts across various high street retailers, cinemas and other social activities exclusively for Handshake UK employees.

(Germany-specific benefits, in addition to the first section)

  • 🏝 25 days of annual leave + 5 days of a winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off across the company.
  • 🤝 Regular offsites each year to bring the team together + opportunity to travel to our HQ in San Francisco once a year.
  • 🧘 Urban sports club membership offering access to a diverse network of fitness and wellness facilities.
  • 🛍️ Discounts across various high street retailers, cinemas and other social activities exclusively for Handshake Germany employees.

For roles based in Romania: Please ask your recruiter about region specific benefits.

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